ICC match referee, Chris Broad rated the pitch at M Chinnaswamy Stadium as “below average.” It was the pitch where Australia faced its first defeat from India. However, the pitch in Pune, where Australia nicked the first victory was rated as “Poor” by the referee. Broad has taken pitch variations on bounce as the crucial factor to impact his ratings. The outfield of the Bangalore stadium is rated as “very good,” but the pitch seemed to have outperformed.
The second test hosted in the stadium turned out as a low scoring thriller. While the Pune test was over on the third day, the following test in Bengaluru ended on the fourth day. In the recent match, the pitch quality is in question because Australia lost its last six batsmen for just 11 runs. Now the series is levelled on 1-1.
However, there is nothing to worry about the ratings. A below-average rating is considered common in international matches and there are no penalties and fine for it. There are two worst ratings in the list of six option, which supersedes “below average.” These are “poor” and “unfit.” While matches are still held on poor pitches, unfit pitches are not used. The condition of pitch dig a lot in both the teams. On the first day, India fell on the hands of spinner Nathan Lyon, who scalped eight wickets. As the ball become old, it favored fast bowlers a bit, reducing the bounce. In the next stretch, India spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin struck Aussie batsmen with the new ball.
The Pune pitch is becoming notorious for its quality. Last time it was rated poor was when India beat South Africa in three days in the previous session. The third test will be held in Ranchi. It will be the first time when an international test will be played on the pitch. The quality would be a subject of sheer interest.
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